Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Kudlow: Americans Trust McCain

Larry Kudlow says that McCain stands tall by standing firm against the current tide of public pessimism facing America's mission in Iraq:

In the midst of all the latest doubt, pessimism and arguing over our direction in Iraq, along comes John McCain, digging his heels in the sand and standing up for what is right. John McCain is fighting the tide.

The tide is defeatist.

The tide is asking us to throw our arms into the air and allow iniquity to win the day.

The tide is asking us to allow ruthless and evil totalitarians in Iran and Syria to seize victory.

The tide is asking us to blow American credibility for fifty years.

Fortunately, in the middle of all this, in the middle of James Baker's wishful thinking Iraq Study Group fog, along comes John McCain, reminding Americans we have two choices: win or lose.

Kudlow mentions that former Marine Corps General Anthony Zinni, an early opponent of U.S. efforts to liberate Iraq, is now standing with McCain:

The New York Times reported this morning that retired Marine Corps General Anthony Zinni--who originally opposed the Iraq war--now agrees with McCain on the need for more troops in Iraq. Zinni believes it would be a catastrophic mistake for American foreign policy if we bail out now. He said, "This is not Vietnam or Somalia or those places where you can walk away. If we just pull out, we will find ourselves back in short order."

Further, and most recently, Newsweek is reporting that Cong. Silvestre Reyes, the incoming House Intel Chair, is calling for more troops in Iraq:

“We’re not going to have stability in Iraq until we eliminate those militias, those private armies,” Reyes said. “We have to consider the need for additional troops to be in Iraq, to take out the militias and stabilize Iraq … We certainly can’t leave Iraq and run the risk that it becomes [like] Afghanistan” was before the 2001 invasion by the United States.

Reyes' comments certainly fly in the face of pre-election Democrat party orthodoxy. Yet, they are a tacit admission that Iraq is the linchpin to regional stability in the Middle East, which ultimately impacts American National Security.

McCain's immediate challenge will be to cut through the morass of public opinion created by the "got-have-it-now" culture, yearning for a quick easy war, which does not exist, and the mainstream media's incessant attempts to turn public opinion against the need to kill off terrorism where it lives. His war record, his credibility and his stance on Iraq will go along way towards achieving that intermediate objective.

Further, the greater challenge for McCain and perhaps one of the keys to the presidency is tapping into a deeper American sentiment. That same sentiment that you get a taste of on the Fourth of July, or when you hear about the funeral of a fallen solider, or even on college game day. That sentiment that exists in the hearts of most Americans, American Exceptionalism.

It means we are not going to allow ourselves to lose this thing; so stop messing around, take the gloves off, win this war, make mom and dad proud and come home victorious. America may not be happy with the war but that doesn't mean they want us to pack up and go home. America needs a leader it can trust to make that happen.


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